Marriage as a psychological and spiritual relationship to wholeness
Mercedes B Gilpatric
Marriage as a psychological and spiritual relationship to wholeness explores a paradigm for marriage based on scriptural images of covenant and wedding feast and on the Jungian concept of marriage as a psychological relationship expressed in the archetype of the Hierosgamos, or sacred marriage. The author argues for an active marriage ministry, particularly in the Roman Catholic tradition dominated by a celibate clerical hierarchy. Research involved interviews with leaders in marriage ministry, personal involvement in creating a marriage ministry in a Roman Catholic parish in Chicago, and the development of a research model exploring couples' experience of shared prayer. The author expressed the results of this research in a manual, Marriage matters, as a guide for couples and churches committed to facilitating the mutual spiritual and psychological growth of couples.
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